On Jeffrey Epstein And Pedophilia And Journalism And Online Outrage

Disgust is perfectly understandable in certain situations, but it shouldn't guide our understanding of complicated subjects

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A few days ago my friend Katie Herzog published a piece about Jeffrey Epstein in The Stranger with a provocative headline: “Jeffrey Epstein Is a Horrifying Person, But That Doesn't Mean He's a Pedophile.”

Herzog’s argument is pretty straightforward: There is a difference between being attracted to prepubescent kids — what is known clinically as pedophili…

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